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Most Americans don’t realize what they have. This is because most of the world has to work for the things that are given to Americans without asking. 

Freedoms, safety, access to vast lands, affordable loans, ability to migrate to any State within the US and not to have to worry about language, are some things that come to mind. 

I am not saying any of these are perfect in the US, we know they are not, but they are there. For instance, there is wrongdoing but then there is a system that works when you seek help. There is crime but then there is 911 that works. There is discrimination but there is ‘freedom’ to question it.

Point is, there are a lot of things that are unique to the US that may not be perfect but they are still better than most parts of the world.

One such thing is the US Dollar. 

It is fiat so it’s not perfect. Like all the fiat systems that preceded it, it will one day fail unless replaced by a new sham.  

However, I believe it will be the last fiat to fail. This means that the US Dollar can act as a currency safe-haven.

Advantages of holding the USD vs. other fiat

We are big proponents of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. However, until cryptos become the staple money people need an intermediary medium to hold their money. We think the US Dollar can play that role while we wait for the transition.

Safehaven

I know friends in Argentina who were smart enough to keep all their savings in the USD which ultimately helped them live through the current crisis and even buy homes. When Argentinian pesos went from 11 cents against the dollar (that is $1 would buy you around 9 pesos) to 1.5  cents (68 pesos against $1) people who hung onto their pesos were completely devastated.

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It is not just failing economies like Argentina that were hit by this crisis. India which has been growing at a steady 7% saw its Rupee lose value against the dollar. For instance, $1000 in 2015 would have bought you Rs. 63000 and now you could get Rs. 75000, a total depreciation of 16%.  

Global Reserve and still Scarce

While this is difficult to understand, in spite of printing trillions of dollars, there are many places where there is not enough supply of the US dollar. Whenever economies tank or take a nosedive, governments (and Central Banks) exchange their currency for the US Dollar. This is one of the reasons why the US dollar goes up in value whenever the economies suffer.  This creates a particularly sharp demand for the US dollar.  In addition to this buy pressure, companies that have foreign debts rely heavily on the US dollar to hedge against the exchange rate volatility.  

Here is a snapshot of places where the demand for the US dollar continues to grow (and thus keeping the value of the US dollar intact in spite of reckless printing):

  • Demand for dollars as reserve from Reserve Banks around the world
  • Hedging tool for global settlements
  • Oil transactions
  • Demand for dollars in the failing economies (like Argentina, Venezuela, etc.,)
  • Business Outsourcing companies need access to Dollars to meet their obligations without worrying about the exchange rate fluctuations

That is not even the exhaustive list of demand for the US dollar.  

Strong Arm

The US Dollar continues to be a world reserve not just because the US Dollar has excess demand around the world as we have seen above.  No.  What makes the US Dollar great is the pure muscle that backs the dollar.  

If it was not for the US balancing out the powers of the world, a country like China would have taken over the world.  

The US has been behind many atrocities, that is not debatable, however, would the world be better off being strong armed by a nation that believes in freedom or by a country that fantasizes absolute control?

The answer is not quite simple but I believe the US dollar continues to be the world reserve because of the ‘implicit’ value it represents: massive force that could annihilate any country that goes against it.

It is scary to think about it that way but for our current discussion purposes of why the US Dollar is going to be here longer than other fiats it becomes a valid point of view to have. 

How to access USD from outside the US?

Now that we have convinced ourselves that holding the US Dollar is a good thing let’s move onto the topic at hand.  How do I access the US Dollar if I live outside the US?  Especially if I don’t have a bank (or I don’t want to convert through a bank?)

  • Set up an LLC in the US with a US bank account

If your situation permits, you could open a US LLC in States’ like Delaware and attach a US Bank account and start billing your non-local clients in US denomination.  You could continue to use your local business set up to receive your local fiat for expenditures etc.,  Get expert advice on tax filings, transfer aspects, etc.,

  • Multi-currency account

You could open an account with a service that provides multi-currency accounts.  We think TransferWise has one of the best options that lets you open one account and receive money in multiple currencies.  Once received, you can convert them to your desired currency (in this instance, USD).  Contact the company to see if this service is available in your location.

  • Tap your social circle

See if your friend of a friend has friends who have access to the US Dollar.  This surprising option seems to be least used and yet the one that sometimes proves to be the simplest one.

Stablecoins – Trojan Horse that can bring USD to the masses

Being a crypto outlet we cannot end an article without mentioning how Cryptos can come to rescue.  

Specifically for holding the USD, you could sign up with your local crypto exchange, buy cryptos to convert to Stablecoins or simply purchase stablecoins directly. You could set up recurring purchases each month to stack up your USD reserves.  Do your research before committing to one particular stablecoin.  For instance, in our opinion, USDC seems to be more resilient and reliable than USDT which has always been wrapped in controversy.  Obviously, you will want to make sure that your country has no bans on cryptocurrencies or crypto exchanges in general.

Bitcoin as an hedge

buying more bitcoinPeople use Bitcoin and Gold as hedge against inflation and potential fiat failure, as such, do your due diligence in the matters of whether or not fiat (even USD) is the best ‘savings’ vehicle or if you should think about alternatives like Real Estate, Gold and Bitcoin, depending on your location and what’s legal in your locale.  

Conclusion

Many people around the world are witnessing inflation eat away their fiat savings. The US dollar seems to be more resilient and growing stronger in crisis compared to the other fiat currencies.  Given this predicament, you may want to look at keeping your savings in the USD for a rainy day.  We have laid out a few ways you can stack up the USD outside the US if you choose to do so.

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Elrond(ERD) Token Review

Would the modern magic of internet work if we were still using dial ups? If you are from the generation that doesn’t know what a dial up means, it looks like this:

AOL Dial Up Internet Connection Sound + You’ve Got Mail (America Online) 90’s

Take a walk down memory lane and listen to the AOL (America Online) Dial-up internet connection sound and the famous You’ve Got Mail. Subscribe to Adventures…

Essentially, it would take you 30 seconds to 3 minutes to connect to the internet and open a text email.

If you were to load the YouTube website at the 56kbps speeds (considered good in those early internet days), it would take you probably 20 minutes.

We tried to load YouTube at 56 kbps speeds and after 7 minutes we were still waiting for the page to load. Compare that to the broadband that loads YouTube in a split second.

You can test what it feels to browse at 56kbps here.

While it is quite an extreme and dramatic example, I think that is the closest you can come when you try to explain what Elrond is in comparison to Ethereum.

At its current state, Ethereum processes 15 transactions. Compare that to Elrond which processed 35000 transactions during the test net run.

Obviously, the test environment is different compared to the real world.

Ethereum 2.0 could solve some of Ethereum 1.0’s flaws with claims of 100,000 to Million TPS. That is something we have to wait and see.

OK, what is Elrond?

There have been at least 100 Ethereum killers on the market since the birth of Ethereum.  Ethereum (Classic) couldn’t kill Ethereum, so we are not sure others will.

What is Elrond

Ethereum currently has serious scalability and TPS issues. Listen to this clip where Vitalik admits that Ethereum 1.0 cannot scale.

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ICO prospectus: “Build scalable apps on Ethereum.” Mod: “Youre saying the concept of launching something that doesn’t scale then rebuilding it as something thats scalable was part of initial the plan.”Lubin: “We knew it wasn’t going to be scalable for sure.”Vitalik: *nods* pic.twitter.com/MBSFkQeugj

Ethereum 2.0 could be a whole another story.  However, it is not a reality at the time of this writing.

Elrond on the other hand already delivers on what Ethereum 2.0 is ‘aiming’ to.

In a somewhat hyped elevator pitch, Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond, said that Elrond is a 1000x improvement over other protocols in the blockchain space.

In a nutshell, Elrond offers a high throughput blockchain ecosystem that makes use of sharding that ‘scales’ (adapts) with the demand put on the network.

This adaptive sharding helps Elrond to be efficient, secure, scalable and provide a high rate of TPS.

This is why Elrond boasts itself as A highly scalable, fast, and secure blockchain platform built for internet scale.”

ERD Scaling

What makes Elrond Special?

The strength of Elrond, in our opinion, is not in its novel or groundbreaking innovation.

It is in the simplicity of picking the ‘best’ of all the blockchain protocols that preceded and only solve the issues that these protocols failed to solve.

For instance, Elrond picks sharding from Zilliqa but makes it ‘adaptive’.  It picks interoperability from Cosmos and implements it at Virtual Machine level.   

Elrond says it as much in its whitepaper: “Elrond was designed upon and inspired by the ideas from Ethereum, Omniledger, Zilliqa, Algorand and ChainSpace.”

If we are to compare blockchain revolution to the internet, we have to assume that many companies will be replaced by newer solutions. 

Whether Elrond is that ‘next generation’ blockchain or if it will be eaten away by another project is something we have to wait and see.

For now, let’s focus on what Elrond promises that makes it special.

“1000x improvement” over its predecessors

“Elrond is a new blockchain architecture that can bring 1000x cumulative improvement in scalability, throughput, transaction speed and transaction cost,” that is how Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond, explains the project.  

Scaling

Elrond promises to be able to ‘adapt’ to the scaling needs of the network.  The project uses what is called ‘adaptive sharding’.

For the technically inclined, here an excerpt from the whitepaper:

“Elrond proposes a dynamically adaptive sharding mechanism that enables shard computation and reorganizing based on necessity and the number of active network nodes. The reassignment of nodes in the shards at the beginning of each epoch is progressive and nondeterministic, inducing no temporary liveness penalties.”

Sharding is the process of breaking down a big problem into small ones to solve it faster.

Security

Elrond uses a modified version of Algorand’s Secured Proof of Stake concept.

Secure Proof of Stake randomizes the ‘selection of a node’ so that security is not compromised through 51% brute force.

Elrond goes one step further on this sPoS model where it introduces ‘stake and rating’ criteria to be even eligible to be randomly picked as a node.

Adaptive sharding is the ability to scale up or down the number of shards depending on the transaction at hand.

Obviously, that is a dumbed down English explanation of it, as we understood it.

This makes selection of nodes ‘random’ while taking meritocracy into consideration.

The rating is dynamic and is recalculated at the end of each execution.

ERD Token

Many investors in the crypto space don’t care what the project does if the tokenomics are weak.

  • Transaction fees

Elrond’s utility is acting as the ‘native’ token on the network to pay for the transactions. The more transactions that take place on the network the more Elrond will gain in demand.

  • Staking

Elrond offers crazy returns on staking. This means, there is a probability that many tokens will be locked out of circulation which could boast the price.

  • DApp Deployment

Like any other blockchain network, Elrond token acts as the ‘utility’ on the DApps deployed on the network.

  • Validator reward

Validators are rewarded for their work and Elrond token is used in disbursing these rewards.

Team

Crypto space is excited about the team that is involved in the Elrond project.

Just looking at the profiles of CEO, COO and CIO showcases that you are not dealing with a group of wannabes.

Elrond Team

The team brings in the right mix of technical prowess and business acumen.

Many blockchain projects either lack a strong technical forte or suck at running the business.  Elrond may not have that problem due its ‘experience mix’.

Partnerships and Integrations

This is one project that is making a lot of buzz in the past two months, with continuous updates and partnerships. Here are a few:

ERD and Indacoin

ERD and Indacoin

Indacoin is a fiat gateway with over 500K users which allows users to buy crypto with Visa or Mastercard using USD, GBP, EUR and many other currencies.

ERD and dfinance

elrond and dfinance

Elrond will work together with dfinance to enable users to build Elrond native assets as well as allow Elrond users to access DeFi platforms on dfinance.

ERD and LDV

Elrond and EDV

ERD tokens are now available on LDV, a Romanian crypto exchange and a fiat gateway. ERD/EURO and RON/ERD pairs will be available on the platform.

ERD and Crypto.com

elrond and crypto.com

Users of Crypto.com can now buy ERD token on their app. Crypto.com is considered one of the easiest modes of buying and selling crypto. With deposits and withdrawals of erd token enabled on crypto.com, the token is now available for over 3 million users of crypto.com

ERD and Utrust

Elrond integrated with one of the leading payment gateway for ecommerce, Utrust.

ERD and Swipe

Swipe partnership elrond

ERD is partnered and now available on swipe, a multi currency digital wallet. Swipe has over 500K users.

The other partnerships and integrations include Stateless Money, Staked, Moonpay, FinNexus, and many others.

Elrond is gaining traction fast and furious. Will it amass enough steam to surpass other blockchain protocols?  

We have to let the time answer that question.

ERD Token Metrics

ERD Token Metrics

Source: Elrond

*These token metrics are about to change after the EGLD swap.

Some pump and dump chat

You will notice that Elrond is showcased on the Samsung official video introducing Samsung Blockchain.

Samsung Blockchain wallet elrond

First and foremost thing everyone is excited about is its mainnet launch. 

We believe the rise in price is not just because of its mainnet launch, but also the high staking rewards that are expected to yield after the mainnet launch. 

With over 5 Billion ERD tokens already staked during the testnet, it is possible that more users will stake their tokens for passive income.

Risk factors

Late to the party, not to the town!

There are a lot of blockchain platforms in the blockchain space. Many promise sun and the moon with 100K to a million transactions per second.  

Most of these promises are just that as of now, promises.

Elrond is late to this TPS race, however, it could do what others have failed: Actually live up to its claims on the Main net.

In this sense, Elrond is late to the TPS party but it is not late to ‘make a mark’ for itself in the blockchain town.

More advanced projects in the space

What happens when Ethereum addresses its TPS issues, scalability aspects and makes it incredibly easy for people to launch DApps?

Ethereum already has a massive penetration in the space that it could leverage.

Beyond Ethereum, there are other projects like Zilliqa that could pose stiff competition to projects like Elrond.

And, do not forget Cardano, a project that is preparing its arsenal for a hostile takeover of the crypto space.

What is a head in Elrond’s Roadmap

Elrond Roadmap

Source: Elrond

Elrond Swap

ERD to eGLD

With the launch of Elrond Mainnet, Elrond token (ERD) will be swapped for Elrond Gold (EGLD), at a 1000:1 ratio. Simply put if you hold 10,000 ERD tokens, it will be swapped into 10 EGLD. In terms of price, if the current price of one ERD is $0.024, the price of 1 EGLD (*1000ERD) will be $24.
Elrond has garnered quite a lot of buzz before the mainnet, now it all comes to how the project is going to progress beyond mainnet.

How to swap ERD

As per their official Telegram channel, exchanges are making preparations to support Elrond swap to Elrond Gold.  The tokens will be swapped in about 30-60 days and the ERD(ERC20, BEP2) will be replace with eGLD. Check with your exchange and look out for communication about the swap support. Till then, ERD trading will run as it is over the exchanges.

Pros of Elrond Token Swap

The swap is expected to reduce the current total volume of 21 Billion ERD tokens to 20 million eGLD and to 30 million over the next ten years which in theory should make the coins dearer.  How this will work in reality is something we have to wait and see. Case in point but in reverse is VeChain, which was trading at $9 before the swap at the ratio of 1:100 and the price dropped so low that it has not yet recovered.

Cons of Elrond Token Swap

In our opinion, it is easy for a coin to jump from 1 cent to 2 cents and 2 cents to 4 cents, however, there is a psychological barrier from investors to let a coin trading at $20 to move to $60. However, if you see from a percentage, the underlying gains are the same. 1 cent to 4 cents is a 400% jump, however, it will take a lot for a $20 to jump to $80. If Elrond proves its value in the blockchain space then the project may pump in spite of the denomination.
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V-ID is bringing real world use case to Blockchain, can it succeed?

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VIDT Review, use cases, future prediction

What follows is the byproduct of our research on whether or not V-ID is a good project.  

We have a tendency to FOMO, so read everything with a grain of salt and always DYOR.

What is V-ID?

Anything digital can be altered. How then can you be confident about the authenticity of the digital files you are dealing with?

“V-ID is a blockchain powered document certification service. The VIDT API enables organisations to certify and secure their digital data against fraud and manipulation.”

You can tag digital files using V-ID and anyone around the world can verify its authenticity by simply using V-IDs free checker.

If any information is changed within the file, V-ID flags it.

This technology has an immediate use case in the real world to fight digital frauds. Especially in dealing with:

  • Invoices
  • Scientific papers
  • Contracts
  • Official documents
  • Diplomas/certificates
  • Data from Internet of Things

Watch this quick video to learn about V-ID.

Introduction to VIDT V-ID Blockchain Powered Validation

The V-ID validation service uses blockchain technology to end all document fraud. Our client base, with customers like Airbus Space & Defence, operates in va…

Take a simple example of purported crypto ‘recommendation reports’ that float on the internet. How do you know they are what subscribers were given?

How can you be sure that the document is not manipulated by someone to ‘alter the buy up to and sell at’ prices?

In this simple situation, using V-ID, one could verify the authenticity of the document.

In a world of Deep Fakes, a solution like V-ID can be a lifesaver.

How big is the problem that V-ID solves? 

According to the Javelin Strategy report, Identity fraud cost $16.8 Billion dollars in 2019 alone.  

Obviously this includes credit card and account takeover frauds. However, when a solution like V-ID becomes integrated, there is an opportunity to curb these identity thefts as well.

Fraud Detection and Prevention which was valued at $17.33 billion is expected to grow at an 18% (CAGR) rate from 2019 to 2025.

The more diverse our technology becomes with the advent of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Augmented Reality and reliance on smart mobile devices, the more we grow vulnerable to fraud.

In our opinion, the fraud space is only going to grow bigger and faster.  

V-ID has an opportunity to place itself as a reliable solution by leveraging the blockchain’s resilience.

VIDT Technology

Source: V-ID

Using V-ID

Any solution’s success will depend on its ‘ease-of-use’. We tested the V-ID ‘certification’ to get a taste of the platform.

When we scanned the QR code of the document, it took us straight to the document where we could easily verify that it was indeed ‘authentic’.

The ease at which you can verify someone’s credentials, certifications, diplomas, etc., is simply awesome.

Users can verify the authenticity of other documents through their free online checker. Obviously, the company has to be signed up with V-ID for the documents to be ‘stamped’ on blockchain.

V-ID promises verification in 5 seconds.  Here is a video that shows how the verification works.

VIDT V-ID verification live demo

The V-ID validation service uses blockchain technology to end all document fraud. Our client base, with customers like Airbus Space & Defence, operates in va…

All in all, the concept behind V-ID is quite simple and easy to use.  

This ease of use accompanied by an amazing use case is what forms the basis for blockchain’s adoption.  The tool makes you forget about the blockchain altogether.

Does V-ID need Blockchain?

Yes. We think V-ID has a blockchain use case.

When it comes to providing a hack-resistant environment and resiliency to the underlying system, blockchain really shines.

The V-ID makes use of blockchain the backend without inundating the end users with the intricacies of ‘how blockchain works’ is quite admirable.

“Currently V-ID offers anchoring in Ethereum, Bitcoin, IBM Hyperledger, Fantom, LTO Network, Digibyte and Binance Chain.” 

For V-ID, in our opinion, Blockchain is not just a fancy jargon to allure people to the project but rather it is a smart technology choice to meet the business objectives.

Team

Vidt Team

Source: VIDT

Marnix van den Berg, Founder & CEO, has over 17 years of experience.  He is supported by 3 other Founders on the project.

Pim Voets is the Founder and Lead Concept Design, Ceciel van Helden is the Founder and Lead Programmer, Wico van Helden is one of the Founder.  

The teams section of the website shows about 9 team members and 6 advisors, including Chris Robinson, Ex-CTO of American Express.  

Just between the 4 founding members have a combined experience of over 70 years. Wico van Helden has hands-on experience in taking a company IPO.

Progress, Case-studies and traction

V-ID has been associated with many brands.  They showcase few case studies on their website:

VIDT Case study

AMSPEC is using the V-ID technology to verify the authenticity of their inspection reports

How AmSpec protects data integrity with V-ID

Amspec has started to utilise V-ID blockchain validation technology to protect the authenticity of their inspection reports. This means that recipients of a …

V-ID made history by bringing 17th Century Rembrandt to the blockchain.  This verification was made possible with CMS Law acting as notary, collaboration with Duowes Fine Arts and V-ID.  

VIDT Rembrandt on chain – V-ID collaboration with Douwes Fine Art and CMS

For the first time, V-ID’s validation platform, known for securing digital files against manipulation, extends its activities into the physical world, by val…

V-ID is bringing certificates and diplomas onto the blockchain.  To this end V-ID has collaborated with NYENRODE and HBO Drechtsteden.

V-ID successfully installed the first IBM Watson-connected IOE sensor with V-ID data anchoring.  

IBM & V-ID install first IoE sensor on IBM NL headquarters’ roof

www.internetofenvironments.org

V-ID partners with Caltrix Consultancy to offer a tailored solution for any financial organisation to comply with KYC/AML challenges. 

LTO Network and V-ID entered into a partnership by rolling out an immediately applicable, GDPR-compliant blockchain solution for companies and governments. 

This alliance allows for any party to verify the authenticity of the diamond using the certificate, and the authenticity of the certificate using the V-ID service.

The brands with which V-ID has worked with and the diversity of the projects they have been involved in bring a lot of confidence in this project, in our opinion.

Price – Revenue Model

Companies need cash flow to sustain and grow. It is important to have a revenue plan for the company to thrive.

V-ID offers 3 different pricing options that you can see below.

VIDT Price chart

Euro 2 per file may seem like a big deal but companies have the option to use the verification only for sensitive documents.

For example, on invoices or contracts, to ensure authenticity.  

Challenges to consider

Icon Latest UpdatesOne of our favorite projects, ICON, also rolled out the Broof concept which helps organizations verify certification.

Blockchain projects, like ICON, with existing capabilities could potentially ‘extend’ their solutions in the verification arena.  This could pose stiff competition.

The verification problem is so big that it can accommodate more than one player, however, the more players you have the more it dilutes the upside potential.

What Blockchain identity verification will not solve!

Demand for counterfeits

When all is said and done, counterfeits exist because they have market demand.  Without demand a product doesn’t sustain long.

There are millions of people who want to experience luxury on budget, by choice or because of lack of choice.

The projects like V-ID cannot solve the counterfeit market for those who specifically seek them out.  

However, the project does solve the ‘authenticity assurance’ demand for people who are paying the full price for the genuine product.

Market for ‘copies’

Digital products have an amazing advantage which is its major flaw and that is: it can be replicated without much effort.

If someone is deliberately seeking out for a pirated copy of something, there is so little you can do.

VIDT, Coinmarketcap and where to buy and sell?

V-ID Blockchain has its own native crypto with ticker symbol: VIDT.

We have to specify this because there is another project on coinmarketcap with VID symbol and we had few folks who seemed to be confused.

At the time of this writing, VIDT was ranked at 224.

At this time, you can buy and sell VIDT at KuCoin.

In conclusion

Blockchain finds a great ‘real-life’ business use case in V-ID.  

The association of the project, even if indirectly, with big brands like IBM, AirBus and more is just a testament to the viability of this solution.

While it may be possible for other projects to try and emulate the V-ID solution, the focus and dedication of the V-ID team could put up a mighty fight, in our opinion.

Ultimately, the problem of fraud is quite big and could easily accommodate success of multiple players.

In the end, we are coming to the same opinion about V-ID that Chris Robinson, ex-CTO of American Express, did and that is “V-ID is a rare combination of 3 things — A great idea in a large and almost green space market. A company with a proven track record and real-world customers. And, finally, an exceptionally high quality team and advisors.

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What a week for the crypto bulls to come out!

Bitcoin performed exceptionally well and all the hibernating Crypto bulls spewed their predictions all over the internet.  

The hype frenzy was quite unreal and we are worried about the newbies that might buy into the hype and get in at the peak.

While most hypers were hibernating, we are keeping our calm and tracking the crypto space for the past 4 years.

If you want to see all that contributed (and continues to contribute) to the Blockchain, Bitcoin and crypto adoption – you just have to see the most important news since 2017.

In the spirit of continuing the tradition of keeping up with what matters, let’s dive into this week’s digest!

Brave and Guardian bring Firewall and VPN to iOS

brave-logoBrave Privacy browser that supports the Basic Attention Token (BAT) has partnered with Guardian to bring Firewall and VPN capabilities to the Brave Browser on iOS platform. In an announcement, Brave team disclosed that “with this partnership, the companies are integrating their technologies to enable the fastest, safest, most private Web browsing experience. Brave now offers Brave Firewall + VPN, available for download from the App Store. This partnership allows people to take back control of their own data, browse the Web, and use their apps more safely and securely.”

Ledger market data breach

Ledger Nano S reviewUnauthorized third party access using an API Key has compromised the contact and order details at Ledger.  A total of 1 Million email addresses might have been compromised. According to the official statement “Contact and order details were involved. This is mostly the email address of our customers, approximately 1M addresses. Further to investigating the situation we have also been able to establish that, for a subset of 9500 customers were also exposed, such as first and last name, postal address, phone number or ordered products. Due to the scope of this breach and our commitment to our customers, we have decided to inform all of our customers about this situation.”

Coinbase explores [more] new digital Assets

coinbase best exchangeCoinbase is exploring more digital assets to add to their platform.  These 19 digital assets include, as per the official post,  Ampleforth, Band Protocol, Balancer, Blockstack, Curve, Fetch.ai, Flexacoin, Helium, Hedera Hashgraph, Kava, Melon, Ocean Protocol, Paxos Gold, Reserve Rights, tBTC, The Graph, THETA, UMA, and WBTC. Obviously, there is no guarantee that all of these tokens are going to be added but it is quite interesting to see some of the good projects making the list.

Putin signs Crypto bill into law

Russia just passed a bill that will allow the companies in Russia to issue digital assets as long as they seek and procure approval from the Bank of Russia.  According to Reuters (translated) “They can be an object of collateral, purchase and sale transactions, exchange of one type of digital asset for another. At the same time, CFAs are not and are not recognized as a means of payment.”

SEC Wants to Start Scrutinizing Binance Chain Transactions

sec crypto regulations“The Contracting Officer has determined that CipherTrace Inc., is the only source that can reasonably meet the SEC’s requirement […].  CipherTrace products are the only known blockchain forensics and risk intelligence tool that can support the Binance coin (BNB) and all tokens on the Binance network.,” read the official statement issued by the SEC.  This makes it clear that the transactions that people have conducted on Binance assuming they are ‘immune’ from the US government’s scrutiny are going to be surprised by what follows.

Cardano mainnet launched

cardano staking newsCardano has successfully launched its mainnet and introduced its ‘Staking’ phase ‘Shelley’. The entire crypto community has been eagerly waiting for the launch and has received the upgrade quite positively with Cardano (ADA) price coasting at 13 cents. Generally, when the community is not happy with the upgrades and mainnet launch, it tends to show in the negative price action. The stabilizing price movement indicates that the Cardano community has welcomed the mainnet launch.

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